Men shoot homeowner, ransack house in break-in

INDIANAPOLIS - An Indianapolis father of two was rushed to the hospital early Saturday morning after he was shot by two intruders in his home on the southeast side of the city, police said.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) said just after 4:30 a.m. Saturday, two men kicked in the front door of a home in the 7600 block of Windy Hill Way.

The men shot the homeowner, Timothy Strofer, in the mouth and chest and then proceeded to tear the home apart, presumably looking for items to steal.

IMPD said detectives believe the two robbers were probably startled by two children who were in the home at the time. The men ran away in an unknown direction, police said, leaving behind evidence that was taken into custody by the department's evidence technicians. No details were released on the items left behind by the two robbers.

Police said Strofer was taken to Eskenazi Health with two gunshot wounds. He was listed as stable as of Saturday night.

Neighbor Nicholas Johnson said he initially thought the commotion was simply a traffic stop, and was surprised to hear the news of the break-in.

"I was watching TV and I heard some loud gun shots, and I was concerned about what's going on because usually this is a pretty safe neighborhood," Johnson said.

The children who were at the home - ages 12 and 5 - were unable to give an accurate description of the two men who broke in, but investigators said the kids gave enough information for officers to determine this was most likely an isolated incident.

The men who broke in were described as having a medium build and wearing dark clothing. Investigators gave no further details on the men, including ethnicity.

According to IMPD records, two other incidents have been reported at the house. Last February, police arrested a woman at the residence for domestic battery, and two months ago a burglary was reported at the home.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call 911 or the IMPD Robbery/Aggravated Assault Unit at 317-327-3722. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can utilize Crime Stoppers to report a tip at 317-262-8477 or text "INDYCS" plus tip information to 274627.

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